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VIDAK RADONJIC

THE BERYL CONSULTING GROUP

Vidak Radonjic is the CEO of The Beryl Consulting Group. He is an investment executive who thrives in entrepreneurial environments that value teamwork, creativity, independent thought and leadership.  In the late 1990s, after working for some of the world's largest investment banks including UBS and Morgan Stanley, he founded a fintech company that provides analytics to the hedge fund industry. In 2004, he founded The Beryl Consulting Group, an investments consulting firm, that advises mainly family offices on their allocations in alternative investments.

Mr. Radonjic has a unique blend of expertise across alternative and traditional asset classes and served as a member of the investment committee team at firms.  He has developed an in-depth expertise in launching alternative asset management businesses and has invested in long/short equities, event driven, credit, emerging markets, and global macro strategies. He possesses a strong ability to develop sophisticated and compelling investment strategies and has performed due diligence on over thousand managers across the U.S./Europe/Asia resulting in over a billion dollar allocations since 2002. He is an expert guest speaker on global markets and geopolitics on CCTV (中央电视台), Bloomberg TV and i24 News and is frequently quoted in the financial press. Mr. Radonjic holds dual Masters degrees from Columbia University, School of International & Public Affairs, and Lubin School of Business, Pace University.

 
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GLOBAL TONE COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

Eric Yu is the Founder & CEO of Global Tone Communication Technology Co., Ltd. (GTCOM). GTCOM is a world-leading big data and artificial intelligence company. With advanced NLP and sematic computing technologies, it collects, mines and analyzes massive global data, builds industrial knowledge graphs, algorithm models and visualization platforms for finance, technology, industry, smart city, national security, consulting and multiple other sectors, and provides global corporate users with comprehensive cutting-edge scenario-based solutions powered by big data and AI.

 
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Robert Koepp

Robert Koepp serves as director and the chief economist of the Corporate Network in Hong Kong for The Economist Group, parent company of the weekly publication, "The Economist". An active writer, speaker, and commentator, he has authored two full-length books, "Betting on China: Chinese Stocks, American Stock Markets, and the Wagers on a New Dynamic in Global Capitalism" and "Clusters of Creativity: Enduring Lessons on Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Silicon Valley and Europe’s Silicon Fen". Reports he has authored under The Economist brand include "Learning from disruption", "Digital Asia", "China gets its game on", "China’s 'One Belt, One Road'", and annual instalments of the "Asia Business Outlook Survey". He speaks on television and at public forums on such topics as China’s economic rise, the US-China trade war, comparative innovation models between East and West, financial markets, global technology, economic and geopolitical trends throughout Asia, and related topics concerning Asia and the world. Rob graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Asian Studies and earned an MBA from the University of Cambridge. He speaks, reads, and writes fluent Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.

 
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Michael Weinberg

APG PENSION FUND

For 25 years Michael Weinberg has invested directly at the security level and indirectly as an asset allocator in traditional and alternative asset classes. He is a Managing Director, Head of Hedge Funds and Alternative Alpha, at APG. Previously he was the Chief Investment Officer at MOV37 and Protege Partners. Michael is also an Adjunct Professor of Economics and Finance at Columbia Business School, where he teaches Institutional Investing, an advanced MBA course that he created. He is the Co-Founder of the Artificial Intelligence Finance Institute - AIFI. Michael also testifies as an expert witness in financial and technology litigation. He was a portfolio manager and global head of equities at FRM, a multi-strategy investment solutions provider. Prior to that, Michael was a portfolio manager at Soros, the macro fund and family office, and at Credit Suisse. Before that he was a Real Estate analyst at Dean Witter. Michael is a board member of AIMA and on its Research Committee. He is on the management advisory council for the Michael Price Student Investment Fund and a Special Advisor to The Tokyo University of Science’s Endowment. Michael is a founder and board member of Project Punch Card, a not-for-profit organization. He is a member of The Economic Club of New York. Michael is a former Chair at CFANY, where he has received multiple awards, including Volunteer of the Year. He is a research contributor to The World Economic Forum on the impact of AI on Finance. Michael is a published author, having written for The New York Times, Institutional Investor and investment books. He has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNBC, Bloomberg and Reuters. Michael is a frequent panelist, moderator and lecturer for investment banks, institutional and family office organizations and business schools, including SALT and Harvard. Michael has a BS from New York University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

 
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Gurraj S. Sangha

STATE STREET VERUS

Gurraj Sangha is the Global Head of Risk and Market Intelligence for State Street Verus and leads a risk and investment strategy team for an artificial intelligence platform that integrates machine learning, natural language processing, portfolio and risk management, and human experiences to explore connections and extract relevant insights between market-moving events and multi-asset class portfolios. Mr. Sangha is an accomplished global macro portfolio manager, strategist, and risk manager, with over 20 years’ experience. He has advised firms on developing quantamental approaches to trading --- strategies at the intersection of structural, statistical, and fundamental trading, utilizing data science, machine learning on both structured and unstructured data, and behavioral analytics. Further, he has led several investment strategy and risk management teams and held a number of senior positions, including Chief Investment Strategist at a $6 billion global macro volatility hedge fund, and Senior Global Macro Trader at a $400 million hedge fund. Mr. Sangha began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co.,in the Global Investment Research Division. He received honors at the International Mathematics Olympiad, served on the Canadian Mathematics Olympic Team, and is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Brown University.

 
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THE HONORABLE ALBERTO BACÓ BAGUÉ

is a former Secretary of Economic Development & Commerce in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  Bacó Bagué is the Founder and General Director of the Partnership for Modern Puerto Rico, a forum that promotes co-investment, macro project promotion, deep dive thought processes, and high-level networking to lead Puerto Rico in the future. Bacó Bagué is an attorney, CPA, and entrepreneur. During his career, he has distinguished himself as an active supporter of the development of the venture capital and private equity industry in Puerto Rico and has held senior management positions in both the public and private sectors. In the public sector, Bacó Bagué has held positions as Executive Vice President, President and Chairman of the Board of the Economic Development Bank and the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico. 

For four years, he directed the economic development strategy and execution as a cabinet level Secretary. Prior to his appointment, Bacó Bagué held several leadership positions within the private sector, including CEO of Marvel and Bohio International, and Board seats with W Holdings and Assurant P.R., among others. He has held several positions within international accounting and law firms., and currently directs ABB Capital LLC, which specializes in strategies for growth, governance and turnarounds. Bacó Bagué graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. He also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puerto Rico. He is an active member of Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).

 
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Mike McGlone

BLOOMBERG INTELLIGENCE

is a senior commodity strategist for Bloomberg Intelligence, a unique research platform that provides context on industries, companies, and government policy, available on the Bloomberg Professional service at BI(GO). Mr. McGlone specializes in the broad investible commodity markets. Mr. McGlone joined Bloomberg in 2016 with over 25 years of futures and commodity trading and investing experience, beginning at the Chicago Board of Trade. Prior to joining Bloomberg, he was a head of US research at ETF Securities. Prior to ETF Securities, Mr. McGlone headed the commodity business at S&P Indices. His previous roles included head of futures research at ABN Amro and VP research, analyst, trader, sales at Aubrey G. Lanston / IBJ Futures.

Mr. McGlone has an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago and bachelor’s of science and arts degrees from Illinois State University. He is a CFA Charter holder and has earned a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation.

 
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sourav mazumder

IBM ANALYTICS

Sourav Mazumder is Data Scientist Thought Leader at IBM Analytics working in the area of Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Big Data for last 10 years with over 22 years of total IT experience. Sourav has consistently driven business innovation and values through Methodologies and Technologies related to Artificial Intelligence and Data Science transpired through his knowledge, insights, experience and influencing skills across multiple industries including Manufacturing, Insurance, Telecom, Banking, Media, Health Care and Retail industries in USA, Europe, Australia, Japan and India. In last 10 years he has influenced key decision makers in about 7 different fortune 500 companies to adopt Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data related technologies to address complex business needs through use of large volume of Data. Sourav has also consistently provided directions to and successfully led numerous challenging Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Big Data oriented projects in last 10 years applying various related methodologies ranging from Descriptive statistics, Probabilistic Modeling, Algorithmic Modeling, Natural Language Processing, etc., to solve critical business problems using large volume of data. Sourav has also successfully partnered with academia within North America, India, South Africa to mentor the students and enabling them in this area. Sourav is a seasoned professional experienced in working both as an individual contributor and team player thriving in a dynamic and ambiguous environment. Sourav has experience and exposure in working in variety of Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Big Data related technologies like Watson APIs, Watson Studio, Watson Explorer, SPSS, Spark, Hadoop, BigSQL, HBase, MongoDb, Solr, System ML, Brunel, Cognos, R, Python, Scala/Java, etc., using them in projects involving phases from creation of Minimum Viable Product to Productionization. Sourav consistently publishes papers/blogs/articles in various industry forums. He also speaks in various Industry conferences on Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Big Data.

 
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POUL B. KRISTENSEN

NEW YORK LIFE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

Poul is an Economist and Portfolio Manager with New York Life Investment Management’s (NYLIM) Strategic Asset Allocation and Solutions (SAS) Group, which has $10 billion in assets under management. He joined NYLIM in 2011 to focus on global macroeconomic trends and investment strategy and has 19 years of experience in the industry, specializing in quantitative investment strategy, machine learning and asset allocation. Prior to joining NYLIM, he worked at Danske Bank Markets, where he specialized in tactical asset allocation and international macro and interest rate strategy. Before that, he was a senior strategist where he headed and coordinated tactical and strategic asset management. Poul holds a Master’s degree in economics from Aarhus University (in Denmark), and he received his Certificate in Quantitative Finance (CQF) in 2011. He is also a CFA Charter holder since 2004.

 
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michelle makori

i24 NEWS

Michelle Makori is an internationally acclaimed television journalist, news anchor, reporter and producer. Currently she is a leading anchor and Editor-in-Chief at i24News. Makori has worked as an anchor and reporter for Bloomberg, CNN Money, CGTN and SABC. As an anchor and reporter, Makori has covered and analyzed the biggest global economic, financial and geopolitical events of the past decade. Makori joined i24 NEWS from CGTN (China Global Television Network) where she was the New York-based anchor and producer of “Global Business America”, CGTN’s flagship global economic and business news show. Makori was a key member of the team that launched CGTN’s U.S. based global English Channel in 2011. Prior to joining CGTN, Makori was a reporter with CNN Money and an anchor and reporter for Bloomberg TV. Makori has interviewed heads of state, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and other leaders in politics, business and entertainment. Born in Israel, raised in South Africa and now an American citizen, Makori speaks five languages and brings a truly global perspective. Makori also brings Wall Street experience to her financial news coverage, having received her FINRA financial adviser license (Series 7) and having worked with The Beryl Consulting Group and GFI. Makori holds a Post Graduate Honors Degree in Media Studies and Journalism (with distinction), and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Law and Psychology from Witwatersrand and her Masters degree from Damelin Business School, in South Africa.

 
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OLIVER WYMAN

Peter Reynolds is a Partner in the Finance and Risk practice based in Oliver Wyman’s Hong Kong Office. Oliver Wyman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC]. Peter has worked in depth with major financial institutions across the US, Europe and Middle East, focusing on ALM and credit risk across both retail and wholesale assets. He joined the firm in February 2004 from a generalist strategy consulting firm. Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University in History and Economics, and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD.

 
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Mengyu Wang is a bilingual news anchor and producer. She reports daily financial news in both English and Chinese from New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. Also, she reports from the U.S for China Business Network( Shanghai TV Station) and China National Radio. Mengyu produces and serves as a news anchor of “Mengyu with You,” where she interviews Wall Street executives, politicians and celebrities. She also hosts the investors show “Dialogue with CEO,” and her guests include CEOs of listed companies, stock market commentators and block chain experts. Prior to her NYSE and Nasdaq reporting, she worked at Fox News, United Nations headquarter New York, Asia Society, Hudson Institution and at China Construction Bank Corporation, China's largest bank. Masters from University of Chicago and New York University, and a bachelor degree from Syracuse University, studied at Tsinghua University and participated in joint study program with U. S senate.

 
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PETER MARBER PH.D

APERTURE INVESTORS

Peter Marber has professionally invested billions of dollars for many of the world's largest corporations and financial groups since 1987. Dr. Marber is a founding member and portfolio manager at Aperture Investors, and has headed emerging market investments for Loomis, Sayles & Company, HSBC Global Asset Management, and he was a partner and president of the emerging market subsidiaries at Wasserstein, Perella & Co. Dr. Marber has taught at Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Harvard and NYU. He has lectured at dozens of international conferences, and has been a market commentator for CNN, the Financial Times, CNBC, Barron’s, Reuters, Bloomberg, and the Wall Street Journal. He serves and/or has served on various boards for New America, St. John’s College, World Policy Institute, Columbia University, the Emerging Markets Traders Association, and is a Fellow of the RSA in London. Dr. Marber has authored more than 100 articles and columns on international finance and globalization and has published six books. He earned his bachelor’s degree from John Hopkins, his master’s from Columbia, and his PhD. from Cambridge.

 
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David Itzkovits

SANLAM GLOBAL

is the CEO of Sanlam Global Investment Solutions, a division of Sanlam, a 100 year old financial institution with global reach. David has 20 years experience in the Financial Services industry and has worked in various positions with top international companies including at an entrepreneurial startup which was acquired by a $100 Billion global investment firm. Prior to this, David worked for the offshore arm of Old Mutual as Regional Director, Europe and Canada where he was responsible for all business development. Before that, he was Vice President, HSBC Private Bank in New York where he co-managed a $635 million portfolio of investment, credit and insurance for high net worth clients. David is an acknowledged thought-leader in the use of Artificial Intelligence in the investments industry and is an international key-note speaker on the subject. He has been instrumental in driving the use AI in investment management, especially within the Sanlam Group, which also offers a UCITS fund utilizing AI in the decision making process. David is a CFA Charterholder, has a Bachelor of Science from McGill University and has an MBA from Ivey Business School at Western University.

 
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is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Weild & Co. David is a former Vice Chairman and executive committee member of The NASDAQ Stock Market and spent years running Wall Street investment banking and equity capital markets businesses. The studies that he co-authored have documented the long-term decline in equity capital formation in the United States and provided the core arguments that gave rise to the JOBS Act and many of the specific provisions contained in the JOBS Act. For these reasons, he has been called “The father of the JOBS Act.” David has also called for a “JOBS Act 2” or “JOBS Act Part 2” - language increasingly heard on Capitol Hill. The work has been cited by a broad range of legislators, regulators, academics, the IPO Task Force and the White House Jobs Council leading up to the JOBS Act. David has testified in Congress (most recently in June 2013) and at the SEC (most recently at the Roundtable on Decimalization) on these and other market issues and attended the signing of the JOBS Act by President Obama in the Rose Garden on April 5, 2012. David was also recently asked to author a study for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which was entitled, “Making Stock Markets Work to Support Economic Growth” and presented in April 2013 in draft form to the 35 member nations of the OECD, IOSCO and the European Commission. The U.S. Treasury and SEC were in attendance. He later presented the final version at a meeting in June that included the CEO of the World Federation of Exchanges where it was generally agreed, as Weild and Kim have maintained, that structural changes to stock markets have caused the global decline in capital formation for small companies. David holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business and a BA from Wesleyan University. He studied on exchange at The Sorbonne, Ecole des Haute Etudes Commerciales and The Stockholm School of Economics. He is also Chairman of the Board of Tuesday’s Children, the 9/11 charity.

 
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Philip Brittan

is the CEO of Crux. Philip has nearly 30 years experience as a technology and business leader, primarily in FinTech. In addition to founding three start-ups, he has held significant roles at Bloomberg, where he was head of foreign exchange trading, Google, where he headed up Google Finance, and Thomson Reuters, where he was CTO and Global Head of Platform of the Financial and Risk Division, and successfully turned around their flagship financial desktop, Eikon. Philip currently manages Crazy Peak LLC, a technology business investment and advisory firm, and holds a degree in Computer Science from Harvard University.

 
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Robert fagin

is Head of Research at Cowen and Company. He also heads Kyber Data Science, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cowen Inc. Kyber is focused on developing and selling unique and proprietary datasets across a variety of sectors to institutional investors and corporations. Robert joined Cowen from Jefferies, where he was Co-Head of US Equity Research and the global coordinator of Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) Research. Prior to joining Jefferies, Robert was the president of Darga Consulting, which provides strategic consulting services to high- profile private companies, including business planning, capital introduction, M&A analysis, and board constitution, and served on a variety of private company boards, such as Brightwire. Before founding Darga, Robert was a managing director in Bank of America’s equity research department for five years, where he had senior managerial responsibilities including management of the firm’s TMT, financials, and energy research practices. He also established Bank of America’s Taiwan-based TMT equity research effort. Prior to coming to Bank of America, Robert was a senior equity research analyst at Bear Stearns, where he was responsible for stock coverage of the Internet Infrastructure Services sector (1999 –2002) and U.S. telecommunications sector (2002 –2004). He was recognized as a member of Institutional Investor’s All-America Research Team for coverage of both sectors and was named by Forbes/Starmine as one of the top 5 earnings estimators in the US across all industries. Robert’s equity research experience also includes three years as an analyst at Oppenheimer, where he covered software stocks. Before his Wall Street career, Robert was a research analyst at IDC, the world’s leading technology market research firm, and before that worked in the National market analysis group of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), where he was responsible for analyses of high- technology clients and potential clients, and supported consulting engagements and due diligence for several large M&A transactions in technology sector. At Coopers he also served as a member of the firm’s 8-person national technology planning team.

 
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DAVID WOLF PH.D

is President / Chief Medical Officer at Spektron Systems, LLC. Directs and manages a Machine Learning/AI directed drug design company intending to be an integral part of the disruptive change in the global drug pipeline. Dr. Wolf served a chief of the Astronaut Office Extravehicular Activity (EVA “Spacewalk”) Branch for much of the International Space Station (ISS) construction, completing six spacewalks personally (on ISS) - all with rookie Astronauts, serving as a mentor/instructor. He led the Astronaut team responsible for development, test, and execution of spacewalks during the “Wall of EVA” necessary to complete the ISS. Dr. Wolf has logged 168 days, 12 hours, 56 minutes and 0.4 seconds in Space over four separate missions, including a long-duration 128 day mission as flight engineer of the Russian MIR space station which has trained and conducted completely in Russian language. He has conducted a total of seven spacewalks, using both the Russian and American spacesuits, and has logged 47 hours and 05 minutes of extravehicular activity. He is an active speaker and advocate for spaceflight. Dr. Wolf is called upon to represent NASA in a wide variety of venues including Commercial and scientific. Dr. Wolf is a private consultant, professional speaker, and professor at Purdue University. He has never lost his passion for “Space.”

 
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Evan A. Schnidman, Ph.D.

is the Founder of Prattle Analytics, LLC and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Schnidman's financial research has been featured in Bloomberg News and Seeking Alpha while his academic research has been published in journals and edited volumes. He has vetted the political, economic and financial risks of major infrastructure investments for large corporations. He has also vetted finances, management structures and community engagement of small and midsize financial institutions to maximize relationships, tax status and grant opportunities from the government. From 2010 to 2014, he taught courses in economics, public policy and political science at Harvard University and Brown University. Notably, his first article in Bloomberg, “Strong Dollar Advocates Make a Weak Case” (Jan. 25, 2012), showcased a mathematical model he designed to successfully predict every intermediate S&P 500 market bottom and top since 2008. Dr. Schnidman holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University as well as Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.

 
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Nathan Vardi

is a Senior Editor at Forbes Media, helping lead Forbes’ Wall Street and investment channels. He is responsible for Forbes’ coverage of hedge funds, private equity and other big investors, and writes regularly for Forbes Magazine. Nathan helps edit the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans and Forbes’ list of billionaires. He also manages projects like the Forbes 30 Under 30 Finance list. An 18-year veteran of Forbes, Nathan has written profiles of big investing personalities like Andy Beal, Robert Smith, David Rubenstein, Carl Icahn, John Grayken, and Harold Hamm, and conducted investigative work on topics like Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the 2008 cash crunch at Harvard’s endowment, Bernard Madoff, Yasser Arafat’s money, Iraq and Afghanistan reconstruction, terrorism funding, failed fintech unicorn Mozido, and Intellectual Venture’s patent investing model.

 
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Alejandra M. J. Litterio

is a Co-founder and Chief Research Officer at Eye Capital, a Fintech which develops algorithms based on Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing with strong cryptographic properties. As Director of R&D department, her work lies in the creation of a tailored-made financial lexicon. She is currently working on the design of market driver lexicons in Spanish and English for the global financial markets. As part of the project, Alejandra is also outlining strategies to design algorithms able to detect deceptive language and fraudulent behavior veiled in unstructured as well as alternative data. Being a Linguist, her passion for studying the complexities and subtleties of the natural language and the ways to translate it into computational language became Alejandra’s driving force to explore new scientific approaches and paradigms. Alejandra is an expert in Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing within the field of Systemic Functional Linguistics (Appraisal Theory) and Forensic Linguistics, leading innovative projects and working in tandem with a multidisciplinary team of mathematicians, physics, anthropologists, cognitive scientists and developers to design algorithms with the ability to interpret financial news in real time.

Ms. Litterio has been speaker and panelist in conferences internationally. She is the president of the Organizing and Academic Committee in the “First Symposium of Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing” in Buenos Aires. Last but not least, Alejandra is a columnist in a prestigious newspaper and a frequent guest in “Reporte Economía”, a well-known radio program, where she analyses topics related to global economic and financial events, the application of algorithmic techniques and the impact of Artificial Intelligence in the financial arena. Alejandra is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Discourse Analysis at Universidad de Buenos Aires. She is a PhD candidate in Linguistics at UBA andalso works as a researcher at the Center of High Studies in Information Technology (CAETI) and teaches the “Computational Linguistics” seminar at Universidad Abierta Interamericana.

 
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Andrew Lazarus

Andrew Lazarus, Managing Director, heads The Beryl Consulting Group’s Real Estate practice. As part of the New York real estate community, he brings a proven track record of over 25 years in commercial real estate.

Mr. Lazarus was an owner’s representative for VMS Realty Partners, responsible for the leasing and asset management of over 2.5 million square feet of property in New York. Prior to Beryl, he was a Managing Director at Grubb & Ellis. Since 2013, as a partner of Almatt llc he has been involved in development, financing, and the acquisition of both commercial properties and over 500 multi-family apartment units. On a combined basis, Mr. Lazarus has leased, acquired, and asset managed real estate properties, in excess of five million square feet.

The mission of Beryl’s Real Estate practice is to maximize long term capital appreciation through the acquisition and development of real estate assets, both in the United States and abroad. Beryl’s approach monetizes asset values for privately-owned entities and family offices with projects ranging from $20M - $500M.

 
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Jeffry Nimeroff Ph.D

joined Zeta Global as its Chief Information Officer in 2014. Prior to joining Zeta Global, Dr. Nimeroff held executive technology positions as 1) the Head of Technology Solutions for eBay Enterprise (formerly GSI Commerce) where his focus was to ensure that the architecture of the hardware and software solutions, the construction of the implementation teams, the enforcement of technical processes, the demonstration of prototypes, and the project management for the builds was successful, 2) the Chief Information Officer of Pet360, Inc. where he oversaw all technical aspects of the company including the web properties Pet360.com, PetFoodDirect.com, NationalPetPharmacy.com, and the Pet360 Media Network (Pet360Media.com, PetMD.com, ThePetCenter.com, DoggySpace.com, PetStyle.com, Blogpaws.com, and others), 3) the Chief Technical Architect at BeMusic, the music arm of Bertelsmann’s Direct Group where oversaw technical decisions related to CDNOW, BMG Direct, MyPlay, and Napster, 4) the Chief Technology Officer at HotSocket, Inc., a Red Herring and FastCompany top 100 online marketing and analytics company, where he oversaw all aspects of HotSocket’s patented experimental testing technology, 5) the Chief Technology Officer at fashion500.com, an online B2B2C luxury-market service provider, where he oversaw all aspects of the fashion500.com’s end-to-end commerce offering, and 6) the Head of Technology Integration at CDNOW, Inc., a leading music e-commerce company where he led their research and development efforts concentrating on the architecture and design of their new secure digital music distribution infrastructure.

Dr. Nimeroff began his career in academia, teaching at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Architecture. His research concentrated on the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Computer Graphics and the Internet. He was the co-designer of the graduate and undergraduate degree programs in Digital Media Design and has authored and published numerous works in computer graphics and multimedia. Dr. Nimeroff earned his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997, concentrating on the design of large multimedia systems. He earned an M.S.E. from the university in 1993 as well. Dr. Nimeroff has also earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Computer Science from Boston University.